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Student Redesigns Surgical Instrument

Penn College’s Elizabeth A. Snedeker is on her way to becoming a biomedical engineer. The industrial design major devoted her senior project to redesigning a common, yet troublesome surgical instrument used for partial-knee replacements. Her design has impressed a prominent orthopedic surgeon, as well as the maker of the current extractor tool. “It was astounding to know that I had this opportunity and maybe I could do something with it,” said Snedeker, who graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and human factors design. “Realistically, what I would like to do at the end of this is to have my design and have surgeons using my tool in order to make it more effective and efficient.”

Last updated May 26, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Industrial & Human Factors Design, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | 2 Comments

Penn College Athletes Complete Year of Transition

With five first-year coaches at the helm, this marked a transition year for many Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes as the college completed its second of four years as a provisional member of NCAA Division III.

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Ten First-Year Students Awarded President’s Scholarships

Ten students beginning their postsecondary education at Pennsylvania College of Technology this fall have each been awarded $3,000 annual President’s Scholarships.

High school seniors are invited to apply for a President’s Scholarship if they are enrolling as full-time Penn College students, have a class rank within the top 10 percent and meet established SAT requirements.

“You are a member of a very select group of new students who have demonstrated the ability to achieve a superior academic record, while simultaneously contributing generously of your time and talents in your high school and community in meaningful ways,” Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said in notifying each of the recipients. “This scholarship program was designed to recognize extraordinarily talented individuals, like you, who appreciate that learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom. We know that the opportunities available to you at Penn College will enable you to continue to learn, grow and develop as a responsible member of society, and we are excited to welcome a student of your caliber.”

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Longtime Record of Service Typifies Penn College Employees

A number of employees at Pennsylvania College of Technology are reaching service milestones in 2015-16, including one attaining the 40-year mark. Penn College employees marking additional milestones of a quarter century or more include: 35 years, four; 30 years, 13; and 25 years, five.

“These dedicated employees are committed to ensuring Penn College remains true to its unique mission,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “We are grateful for their service to the institution.”

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Magical Creations Express Nature’s Fragility

An 8-foot circle of acrylic on translucent Plexiglas and sand decorates the gallery floor. Titled “Full Circle,” the work inspired the exhibit’s name.

The artist discusses the creative possibilities of Plexiglas.

Gallery visitors listen to the artist’s talk.

“Passage,” a magical vessel of translucent plexiglas, mylar, acrylic paint and salt, measures 20x72x35 inches.

Cool acrylic works offer ideal summer respite inside the gallery walls.

An artist’s “lifelong love affair with water – our most precious resource” is seen in the fragile-looking forms flowing throughout The Gallery at Penn College’s exhibit, “Full Circle.” Tuesday night’s opening featured a talk by artist Margaret Smithers-Crump, who led visitors on a voyage through her life inspirations and artistic processes. Smithers-Crump grew up on an island in Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada, and now resides in Houston. Her “magical creations” utilizing Plexiglas are designed to imply “fragility” and stir awe, as well as ecological concern for and commitment to our natural environments. “Full Circle” runs through June 30. The gallery’s summer hours are 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. On Sundays. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Mondays.
First and third photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Penn College Provides Timely Workshop Topics to Health Care Pros

Penn College’s Brian J. Schurr, counselor, and Jen Hammond, coordinator of tutoring, lead a session on suicide awareness and intervention for the health professionals who help to educate Penn College health sciences students during clinical rotations at area health care facilities.

Suicide prevention training was a lead topic when the School of Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a continuing education workshop for health care professionals who serve as educators to the college’s students while they complete rotations at area health care facilities.

According to recent data, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States among 15- to 24-year-olds.

“Suicide has affected our communities, including Penn College, in a very disturbing way,” said Barbara J. Natell, director of the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and one of the coordinators for the workshop. “The problem is escalating to epidemic proportions. Anything we can do to heighten awareness and interventions – with prevention at its core – should be promoted.”

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Penn College Releases List of Spring 2016 Graduates

The roster of Spring 2016 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued by the Registrar’s Office.

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Spring 2016 Dean’s List Compiled

The dean’s list for the Spring 2016 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued.

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Between Classes, Faculty Turn Focus to More Effective Teaching Practices

Keynoter Kyle D. Bowen delivers the opening session: "New Ideas for New Learning Experiences."

Tom Gregory discusses assessment and accreditation.

In "Proving the Power of Doing," presenter Kyle Peck explores techniques for meaningful measurement of accomplishment.

The Summer Teaching Institute, a day and a half of professional development, recently offered faculty the opportunity to gain new information, improve skills and associate with colleagues in the relaxed atmosphere of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Among the topics at this year’s end-of-semester event were tools for student assessment, selection of general-education electives for advisees, staying apprised of workforce trends, creative and collaborative “makerspaces,” and teaching with technology. Guest speakers were Kyle D. Bowen, director of education technology services at Penn State; Kyle L. Peck, a research fellow, professor of education and co-director of Penn State’s Department of Learning and Performance Systems; and Gary R. Hafer, professor of English at Lycoming College. The institute was overseen by Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction, and the Professional Development Office.
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Penn College 10th in National Softball Tourney

It was a three-and-out for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships last week, but first-year coach Jackie Klahold looked at the experience as a plus.

“Any postseason experience is a positive, especially for our team. Being as young as we are, we’re hoping that with our returners coming back and having that year of experience collegiately and postseason-wise under their belts, and (with) our incoming freshman class, that we will be able to compete over the next three or four years in the postseason,” Klahold said.

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Picnic Offers Good Time, Aids Good Cause

A sampling of canned goods donated to The Cupboard, a food pantry for Penn College students to be launched by Dining Services this fall

Maria E. Weisser, ShaleNET U.S. data manager, collects nonperishable food and distributes raffle tickets. Prizes included gift cards. theater passes and reserved-parking privileges.

Food, sun, blue skies and yard games make for a relaxing post-commencement event.

Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, calls the numbers for candy bingo in the Field House.

Penn College colleagues ended the first Friday of summer hours with a third annual Employee and Retiree Picnic in and around the Field House. Lunch was catered by the alumni-owned Acme Barbecue; the afternoon also included indoor and outdoor games, raffles and catch-up socializing before the closer-than-you-think start of fall classes. Nonperishable food items were collected to support The Cupboard at Penn College, an initiative in support of students experiencing food insecurity.

Yucatan Travelers Share Study-Abroad Experiences

A large crowd gathers to hear the presentations. In the background, D. Robert Cooley (light blue shirt), assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, leads the discussion.

Intrepid travelers (from left): Erik G. Knecht, of Cranesville; Leo J. Ravina, of Hazleton; Brendon J. Dibble, of Douglassville; Anthony V. Rode, of Palm Coast, Fla.; and Curtis R. Gehman, of Lock Haven.

Dibble discusses his pit-fired ceramics, an attempt he made following the trip to recreate ancient Maya ceramics.

Knecht shares stories from the voyage.

Vander Vere listens to his students’ presentations.

Among the engaging end-of-semester activities that occurred across campus in recent weeks were presentations by students in MTH 156 (Mathematics in Non-European Cultures). Gathering in the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge, the students offered insights into their study-abroad adventures in Mexico earlier this year. The unique course blends mathematics, anthropology and cultural adventures, and is led by D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, and Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics. This year’s student group represented a diverse range of majors including manufacturing and engineering technology, industrial and human factors design, studio arts, construction management, and pre-physician assistant. The Penn College class traveled to the Yucatan peninsula, specifically the Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche. This year’s outing marked the fifth time Cooley and Vander Vere have guided students in the exploration of ancient Maya civilization.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

A previous MTH 156 travel experience was showcased in this video on the college YouTube channel:

The World at Their Feet

International student travelers await their flight from JFK to Zurich.

Thirteen students from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies this week began a 10-day journey to France and Italy, where they will visit exclusive automotive museums and body shops. The students are traveling with Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, and are part of two study-abroad courses – International Automotive Studies and the International Automotive Field Experience – offered through the college’s International Programs Office.
Photo by Roy H. Klinger

College Preps Dual-Enrollment Partners for Coming Year

Pat Scheib, academic skills specialist in the Academic Success Center, works with secondary teachers during her morning sessions; she focused on the choices of successful students and skills that teachers can use to motivate struggling students.

Admissions representatives Sarah R. Shott, Salvatore Vitko, Emily A. Weaver, Claire Z. Biggs (coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services) and Sean M. Stout introduce themselves, explain their territories and academic school focuses, and invite teachers to contact them for visits or for any information they may need about Penn College. Representatives also escorted groups of teachers to their academic program areas.

Eric Nagy, an English teacher at Jersey Shore Area High School, prepares to meet with Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English composition, to organize and plan ENL111 through the Penn College NOW program.

On May 17-18, the College Transitions Office hosted the 135 secondary teachers who will teach Penn College NOW courses to their high school students in 2016-17. The teachers spent the morning attending sessions on “Academic Resources for Students and Teachers,” led by Monica A. McCarty, the college’s dual enrollment specialist, and librarian Helen L. Yoas; and “Instructional Strategies to Nurture Student Learning and Motivation,” taught by Pat Scheib, academic skills specialist in Penn College’s Academic Success Center. The secondary teachers spent the afternoon meeting in groups with their Penn College faculty liaisons about the courses they’ll teach next school year. Thirty-eight Penn College faculty members serve as liaisons for the program. “Secondary teachers in attendance came from each of our 40 partners across the state and teach Penn College NOW courses connected with every academic school on campus,” said McCarty, who coordinated and hosted the event with colleagues Brigette M. Cleary, secretary to academic services and college transitions, and Laura M. Machak, college transitions specialist. The professional development is a requirement of the college’s accreditation through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Penn College NOW is one of only two accredited dual-enrollment programs in Pennsylvania.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

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